As the Election Turns: Our Real Life Soap Opera

A presidential election, murder, an international beauty contest --- it's the stuff of daytime TV. Yet, it's all happening right before our eyes. Are we living in a real life soap opera?

Who better to weigh in than a real soap opera writer?

"In fact, we have a soap opera writer --- Ellen," Glenn said Thursday on his radio program.

Ellen Wheeler, Head of Content at Mercury Radio Arts, also happens to be an Emmy-award-winning actress and former writer for Guiding Light.

"Imagine if I come to you and I say, Okay, all right, so far we've done all the things that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have done. These are the characters. Now, we're going to have her bring up a Miss Universe that he called Miss Piggy, and we're going to smear her. But what they don't know is that in Venezuela she drove the getaway car in a murder," Glenn said.

With experience on two major daytime TV shows that included playing evil twins, Ellen shared her unique perspective.

"It's always been one of my favorite things when real life trumps -- ha ha -- trumps what you could write in a soap opera, and people would say, You can't write that story line. That is too outrageous," she said.

Could Ellen have gotten away with writing the storyline in As the Election Turns?

"People would have beat me up for writing a story like that," she admitted.

Read below or watch the clip for answers to these overly dramatic questions:

• Did Anderson Cooper get Alicia Machado to admit to being accessory to murder?

• How proficient is Alicia Machado's English?

• How famous is Alicia Machado in Venezuela and Mexico?

• Does Alicia Machado have a past?

• Does anyone really care about this?

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Here's the problem: Is there anyone in this story -- when I heard the Anderson Cooper interview with Miss Universe, honestly, you could -- soap opera writers would look at what's happening, and they would mock this. They would say, "Okay. Come on."

In fact, we have a soap opera writer, Ellen, is this -- is this soap opera of the last year and all of the things that are going on -- imagine if I come to you and I say, "Okay. All right. So far we've done all the things that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have done. Okay. These are the characters. Now, we're going to have her bring up a Miss Universe that he called Miss Piggy, and we're going to smear her. But what they don't know is that in Venezuela she drove the getaway car in a murder."

ELLEN: It's always been one of my favorite things when real life trumps -- ha ha -- trumps what you could write in a soap opera, and people would say, "You can't write that story line. That is too outrageous."

GLENN: So you know, Ellen is an Emmy-award-winning actress. And wrote -- did you just write Guiding Light?

ELLEN: Guiding Light.

GLENN: Okay. And she was on -- I know just.

She wrote every episode of like -- for three years. And she was on Bold & Beautiful and everything else.

ELLEN: So there's no story I can't make up.

GLENN: And you played an evil twin.

ELLEN: I've played an evil twin twice. Three times, if you count real life, right? Three times if you count my own marriage.

But --

GLENN: Wait. There might be something to delve into on some point on that.

ELLEN: But I do think it's fun when life is bigger than the weird art that you could create. And people would have beat me up for writing a story like that.

GLENN: Right. They would say no way anybody would believe this.

ELLEN: Yeah.

GLENN: No way. The only thing that we haven't seen so far is an evil twin. That's the only thing. Or -- oh, my gosh. Oh, maybe, wait, wait, wait. Maybe Zuckerberg is right. We're in the Matrix. Oh, please let this be a dream. Please let me wake up in the shower. Please let this be a dream, like it was in Dallas.

JEFFY: But we have kind of seen the twin, right? With the Hillary double.

PAT: Yes. We kind of have.

GLENN: Yes, we have. So we only have the dream sequence left. And that ends happy.

PAT: So this was Miss Universe. Which that is a little bit presumptuous of us, right?

GLENN: Can we downgrade her to at least Miss Galaxy?

PAT: At least Solar System. We know she's maybe the most beautiful in the solar system. We have no idea about galaxy or solar system.

GLENN: Right. Right. And who are we to judge?

PAT: But here's the Anderson Cooper clip.

ANDERSON: You said that, you know, the Trump campaign will try to discredit you. There are reports that Trump surrogates tonight have been referencing and pointing to on CNN and elsewhere about an incident in 1998 in Venezuela where you were accused of driving a getaway car from a murder scene. You were never charged with this. The judge in this case also said you had threatened to kill him after he indicted your boyfriend for the attempted murder. I just want to give you a chance to address these reporters that the Trump surrogates are talked about.

GLENN: Okay. Stop. Now, you're watching this, and you're thinking to yourself, there's no way this can be true.

PAT: Right. You're thinking, she's going to say, "Absolutely not."

GLENN: Right. There's no way this can be true.

PAT: The Trump people are making that up.

GLENN: Because Hillary would never pin her hopes on a Miss Universe thing who, oh, by the way, also assisted in a murder. Right?

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Here's her answer.

ALICIA: He can say whatever he wants to say. I don't care. You know, I have my past. Of course, everybody has --

PAT: You have a past.

ALICIA: Everybody have a past.

PAT: Oh. Yeah, but not everybody has participated in a murder for a past.

GLENN: No, wait. Wait. Wait. And so far, I'm still believing her. When I'm watching this, I'm still going, okay. Maybe she's just saying -- he's just --

PAT: I'm not. At that point?

GLENN: I'm thinking, he can say whatever he wants. He's just making this up. She's going to come back and say, "That's ridiculous." But you know Donald, he says whatever he wants to. He believed the National Enquirer. I thought that's where she was going at this point.

ALICIA: I'm no saint girl.

PAT: She's not a saint girl.

GLENN: Saint girl.

PAT: I'm not a saint girl.

GLENN: So when I heard that I thought, "Well, let's see, Mother Teresa is technically a saint, and she didn't murder anyone, that we know of."

PAT: She set the bar way too high.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: By not murdering somebody. Come on, we can't all do that. We can't all do that.

(laughter)

GLENN: I'm not a saint. No, I think you understand the definition of the word "saint."

STU: I mean, I think obviously this plays to whether this is going to be an effective campaign for Hillary Clinton.

PAT: It's not.

STU: Does anyone think -- does it make it okay to call a Venezuelan woman Miss Housekeeping because, in the future, she might commit a crime, or she might do porn in the future, after the incident where you call her Miss Housekeeping?

GLENN: Yeah, no. So here's the thing: The trouble with this is there's no good guys in this soap opera. There's nobody. I mean, no soap opera lasts when you don't have somebody that you're rooting for, somebody that you like. Where the best character in this is a Tony Soprano.

JEFFY: Yeah, maybe.

GLENN: So you kind of -- after you kind of feel dirty. When you're like, I'm not entirely comfortable with rooting for Tony Soprano. Oh, yeah, but it's fun.

This eventually isn't fun. And you're just left with that dirty feeling of rooting for Tony Soprano. At some point -- I mean, honestly, think of all the people surrounding both Trump and Clinton.

Do you have friends like those guys do?

You know, yeah, I want you to meet Sandy. He went into the national archives and was smuggling things out of his underpants, but he's cool. Oh, this is Miss Universe. And Donald Trump was calling her Miss Piggy, and she assisted in a murder. But she's great. You don't have these kinds of friends on either side.

Oh, this is -- I want you to meet my -- my new CEO. He -- he's a big fan of, you know, the neo-Nazi movement. He's helping rebrand that whole thing right now.

(laughter)

PAT: Well, if there's anybody who needs re-branding, it's the neo-Nazis.

GLENN: The Neo-Nazis. Skinheads.

PAT: They don't have a good PR firm.

GLENN: Yes, they do. It's called Breitbart.

(laughter)

JEFFY: Chelsea opened the door for Trump to be able to respond next time though, right? I mean, because she responded saying that, "Oh, it's just a distraction from his inability to talk about what's actually at stake in this election."

PAT: Oh, that's --

JEFFY: So now Donald can say, "I'm fighting back. I'm punching back."

ANDERSON: You said that, you know, the Trump campaign will try to discredit you. There are reports that Trump surrogates tonight have been referencing and pointing to on CNN and elsewhere about an incident in 1998 in Venezuela where you were accused of driving a getaway car from a murder scene. You were never charged with this. The judge in the case also said you had threatened to kill him after he indicted your boyfriend for the attempted murder. I just want to give you a chance to address these reports that the Trump surrogates are talking about.

ALICIA: He can say whatever he wants to say. I don't care. You know, I have my past. Of course, everybody has. Everybody have a past.

GLENN: Murder and threatening judges.

ALICIA: And I'm -- a saint girl.

GLENN: You're no saint girl?

ALICIA: But that is not the point now.

PAT: Hmm. Uh-huh.

ALICIA: That moment in Venezuela --

GLENN: Uh-huh.

ALICIA: -- was wrong.

GLENN: Wrong.

ALICIA: Was another speculation about my life.

GLENN: Hold it.

ALICIA: Because I'm a really famous person in my country.

GLENN: Wait. Stop. Stop. She is denying it

PAT: She's essentially admitting it.

JEFFY: No, I think it's the other way.

STU: She's saying that moment was wrong. There was a lot of speculation.

PAT: It sounds like she's saying it was wrong of her to do that.

STU: I think she has a tenuous grasp on the English language.

JEFFY: Yes.

PAT: Well, that's clear.

STU: She says that moment -- that was wrong, and there was a lot of speculation.

GLENN: Okay. I thought she was saying that moment, like me driving the getaway car.

PAT: That's what I thought she was saying.

GLENN: Oh, okay.

STU: Right. Right.

ALICIA: Because I'm an actress there and in Mexico too.

JEFFY: Wait. What?

GLENN: I'm an actress.

JEFFY: Yeah, I haven't seen those videos.

ALICIA: He can use whatever he wants to use.

The point is, that happened 20 years ago.

GLENN: Stop.

STU: They're not real though.

PAT: She's admitting it. That happened 20 years ago.

GLENN: That happened 20 years ago.

PAT: Something happened, and she was a part of it.

STU: By the way, so is the reason you're on Anderson Cooper. That also happened 20 years ago.

GLENN: Yeah, I know.

STU: Is a little less important than a murder investigation.

GLENN: Murder. Yeah.

Wait. Wait. Wait. So she's accused of driving the getaway car for her boyfriend who murdered somebody, and then threatening the judge that I'm going to kill you. I think that's kind of an important thing to decide whether -- I mean, it has nothing to do with Donald Trump calling her Miss Piggy. And Miss Housekeeper, Housekeeping is worse.

STU: But isn't this --

GLENN: Maybe, maybe, I don't know.

STU: Isn't this Hillary Clinton just using a play from Donald Trump's playbook?

You can call Ted Cruz's dad the murderer of JFK. Everyone starts talking about it. You direct the conversation to that for a few days. And the fact that in the end, that you're completely wrong, what does that even matter? The point is, she got 84 million people to hear him calling a woman -- a Venezuelan, Miss Housekeeping. The fact that she has issues later on -- two and three days later -- when they fact-check it on Anderson Cooper is meaningless. I mean, this is the same tactic he's been using the entire campaign. And she's using it too. That's where we are in 2016.

GLENN: We are as what's his name, Yiannopoulos, or whatever his name is -- we are in a post-fact period.

Featured Image: Actress Alicia Machado speaks onstage during the NALIP 2016 Latino Media Awards at Dolby Theatre on June 25, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NALIP)

With cops under fire, businesses destroyed, and innocent civilians beaten and killed, where is the justice that well-meaning protesters were seeking for George Floyd?

On Wednesday night's special, Glenn Beck goes one on one with Blexit founder and "Blackout" author Candace Owens about what's really driving the riots, white privilege in America, and why it sickens her that Floyd has become a martyr for Black America.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan told Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday that a network of radical extremist terrorist organizations, which includes Antifa, are coordinating and escalating many of the violent riots in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Lara, who has done extensive reporting on Antifa, said it's "extraordinary" that so many Americans in the media and politics are defending the "very violent terrorist organization."

"[The media is] pretending that they care about journalism. They don't. They care about silencing, intimidating, destroying, annihilating, and getting us all to self-sensor so we don't cover any of the subjects they don't want us talking about," she said.

"For those of us who've followed [Antifa] for a while, and know what they're doing and what their agenda is, what has always been troubling is the way so many people in the media and in the political establishment have given them cover to operate," Laura added. "These are extremists. And you see a lot of parallels between extremists on the left and the right ... they pretty much operate the same way, exactly. And there's no difference between what Antifa is doing and the 'Brown Shirts' of Nazi Germany. Or the 'Black Shirts' of Mussolini."

She read the 10 points of action listed by an extremist group called the "Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement", which culminates with "Liberation begins where America dies."

Glenn recalled a prediction he made approximately 15 years ago, that "socialist, communists, radicals, anarchists, [and] Islamists would all work together ... they would all see the opportunity and work toward the same goal. And that's destruction of capitalism, and destruction of the Western world."

"A few years ago, I probably would not have agreed with you on that," Laura responded. "But I now see that you're absolutely correct."

Watch the video below to hear Lara detail evidence to expose the truth about Antifa:

Media targets Lara Logan for exposing the truth about Antifa

The media pretends to care about good journalism, but what they really care about silencing, intimidating, destroying, annihilating and getting us all to...


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The Trump-deranged media is calling the president a "coward" because he was moved to an underground bunker as riots erupted outside the White House over the weekend.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to set the record straight. He told Glenn that under Title 18, US Code 3056, the Secret Service has the authority to protect the president however they deem necessary, with or without his consent.

Dan explained that the severity of the White House riots, which resulted in at least 50 Secret Service agents being injured, would very likely have warranted overriding the president's preference on whether or not to take shelter.

"Shame on the media ... for painting this as some kind of situation where Trump ran like a coward," Dan said. "Which is totally false and made-up. [...] They're morons. These are imbeciles with double digit IQs who are only in this to aggravate an already-bad situation. And it's a shame, because they're really incentivizing this kind of stuff to happen."

He also made it clear that the so-called protests over the death of George Floyd were actually "very strategic" riots organized by "Antifa terrorists."

"It was not even a protest. It should have been, and could have been ... but that's not what it was. It was an insurrection. It was a riot," Dan stated.

"I can tell you, from sources of mine that were there, [who are] more than credible and unimpeachable, that the attack at the White House -- and that's what it was over a period of days -- was very organized. It was done using very strategic tactics," he added. "I want to be crystal clear, this was organized by Antifa terrorists. It's not a joke. It's not hyperbole. These were people that were committed to an insurrection that was thankfully put down."

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Dan Bongino: Trump is NOT a Coward Hiding in a Bunker


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The media has been trying to discredit BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer after he recorded a disturbing video of a man being brutally beaten and stoned almost to death by rioters Saturday evening in Dallas.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to set the record straight.

"The very dishonest far-left media is working tirelessly at the moment to completely, not only discredit myself, but they always say, 'Elijah Schaffer who works for Glenn Beck's BlazeTV.' As if that's an insult. So I'm going to clear the air right now," he told Glenn.

"There was a group of about, I would say 150 rioters. They were not protesters. They were breaking windows. They broke into a bank. They broke into a bar. They were looting alcohol and partying on the streets while breaking glass. These were not people who were grieving over black lives," he added. "The police had lost control of the city."

Elijah went on to describe the violent scene, detailing the events leading up to the brutal beating of a man who was apparently trying to defend a local bar. Elijah posted a video of the incident on Twitter Saturday night.

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"Rioters with rocks and bricks and bats and weapons, 150 or more, were accosting him as he stood in front of the bar," Elijah said. "Then they started stoning him, Glenn! Medieval! Throwing rocks and bricks.... We're in America. This is 2020. We do not stone people in the United States of America!"

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